Have you read “Memoirs of a Refugee: The Travels and Travails of Rabbi Pinchas Hirschprung” by Dr. Steven Lapidus from Concordia University’s Department of Religion? This article explores the extraordinary rescue of Chief Rabbi Pinchas Hirschprung from Poland to Vilna, Moscow, Vladivostok, Kobe, Shanghai, San Francisco, Chicago, Sarnia, and finally Montreal in 1941. In a rare and unprecedented move, the Canadian government, despite its anti-refugee stance, offered a haven to twenty-nine rabbinic scholars – including the son of the Chofetz Chaim – who arrived in Canada on the last passenger ship to leave the Far East prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.
Make sure to read the entire article on Vol 27 of the Canadian Jewish Studies Journal now! Online Journal: https://cjs.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/cjs
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